After a first waterfall (poor light, no good pictures) we caught up with a group finishing a kayaking trip:
then a waterfall with decent light (not limited access … trails were closed)
then a beach … with end-of-the-day light
and we got back to the resort just in time for a sunset … mostly from the world-class golf course that sits between the resort and the ocean … which, according to the security guard who kindly asked us to leave, is not used much … so not making enough money … so the owners don’t allow people to just walk around … but we are welcome to rent a golf-cart and then freely roam the area … arrrrgh!
On the way we passed the harbor and saw a cruise-ship in it for the day … these things are HUGE …
And then drove all the way around the island to the last beach, just before the cliffs on the other side of the Na Pali Coast. A beautiful 12 mile stretch of beaches. I went into the ocean again … fantastic water. I also felt, beacause of the very active waves the powerful combination of forces … under-currents pulling at my legs to carry me into the ocean, while the surface water carries me back towards the beach.
The Na Pali coast is, I’ve been told, one of the highlights, if not THE highlight of Kauai. I am not a fan of hiking so I cannot enthusiastically get behind that … many years ago when I visited New Zealand and arrived at such a famous coast + trail I chose to skydive over it … and THAT was a good way to see it!
Kauai island is small and there is a road that goes almost all the way around it … almost because the Napali coast is a 17 mile stretch of cliffs and so the road reaches both end of the cliffs but cannot go fully around.
It is a demanding trail. We did the first 2 mile stretch and then started another two mile stretch that leads to a waterfall, but turned back half way into the trail … so a 6 mile round trip.
There are two vantage points, a quarter of a mile and then a half mile in.
Then … a long walk that winds up and down (so climbing and descending in both directions)
Eventually we started to converge down towards a beach that marks the end of the first 2 mile stretch
… and there we were … large and powerful waves … not safe for swimming in … when we flew in the helicopter over this area the pilot told us that during the summer months the water here is like a lake … flat and peaceful … and it is possible to kayak the length of the coast.
In the second stretch in the direction of the waterfall .. there were impressive bamboo clusters that stood out from the already dense green vegetation.
Then we stopped at another coast with a pier … and had a tatse of a local Hawaiian day ending … with many people converging on the coast to take in a sunset:
… those surfers are 8 year old girls
Today’s weather forecast changed our plans, the hike has been delayed … and we did some more beach-hopping. First was a beach not far from our resort … in this one I stayed by myself a bit and went for a dip … the water was warm, clear, shallow (static) and waves with power (dynamic):
Then Secret Beach … which was striking, colorful and powerful and spacious:
From there to the Kilauea lighthouse:
… and another beach (I’m not really keeping track of names of places!) … this one with what looked like some prime green real-estate … a local complained to us that the real-estate owners were cutting down trees neat the beach to open up their view from the nearbye hills to the open sea!